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5/14/09: Emerson emergency physician elected president of Mass. College of Emergency Physicians

Joseph Bergen, DO, FACEP, was recently elected president of the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (MACEP). Dr. Bergen will serve a one-year term beginning in May.

MACEP is an organization of more than 750 emergency physicians that is dedicated to advancing excellence in emergency care and advocating for emergency physicians, their patients, and the health of the community.

Dr. Bergen is the chairman of emergency services at Emerson Hospital and president of Emerson Hospital Emergency Physicians, Inc., where he has practiced since 1998. He is active in organized medicine on the local, district, state, and national levels.

Dr. Bergen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 1983. He served with the Nuclear Submarine Forces from 1983 to 1988. He then attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine, where he earned his degree in 1992. He went on to Michigan State University for a one-year internship in osteopathic medicine followed by a three-year residency in emergency medicine at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass.

He returned to Maine and joined the medical staff of Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston until he moved to Massachusetts and joined the emergency physicians at Emerson. Since his arrival, he has worked as a staff emergency physician, clinical director, and associate chairman, prior to assuming his current positions for the emergency physician group.

At Emerson Hospital, Dr. Bergen serves as president of the hospital’s Independent Practice Association, as chairman of the Medical Staff Bylaws Committee, and is a member of the Medical Executive Committee.

He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and serves as a councilor to their House of Delegates. He is a member of the Committee on Preparedness for the Massachusetts Medical Society and on the Statewide Surge Committee organized by the Department of Public Health.

Emerson’s emergency department, open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, is staffed by Board-certified emergency physicians and by nurses who have specialized training in emergency medicine. The department, which cares for approximately 37,000 patients per year, is a fully-equipped, 22-bed facility with specialized treatment rooms for resuscitation, eye, ear, nose, and throat problems, orthopedic injuries, and obstetrical emergencies.